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DraftKings NHL value picks: Feb. 7's David Satriano identifies affordable DFS targets

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Fantasy Staff Writer

Note: This contest does not include the Philadelphia Flyers-Washington Capitals game

Tomas Plekanec, C, Montreal Canadiens

DraftKings price: $5,000

Of the two games in this contest, Plekanec is fifth in salary for centers, $2,200 less than John Tavares of the New York Islanders who is first. Plekanec tied a career-high with four points on Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers (one goal, three assists) and had 17.1 DraftKings points. He has 39 points this season and 133 shots on goal, and has seven points in the past 10 games. Montreal has struggled to score, but Plekanec has been one of the bright spots on offense. He also has 21 points in 28 home games this season. Plekanec is a more viable option than some more expensive centers in this contest.

Jeff Skinner, W, Carolina Hurricanes

DraftKings price: $4,600

Skinner is the eight-ranked wing Sunday and costs less than $5,000. He had an assist in a 5-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday and has a four-game point streak (one goal, four assists). He may not be producing as much as he has in past seasons, but he has 18 goals. Skinner also puts up better splits on the road (the Hurricanes play at the Montreal Canadiens) where he has 17 of his 30 points this season. He's averaging 3.0 DraftKings points per contest this season and 3.5 in his past 10 games. Skinner has had at least five shots on goal in three of his past six games, and could torch the Canadiens on Sunday.

Travis Hamonic, D, New York Islanders

DraftKings price: $4,200

Hamonic may not be a popular choice because he has three goals and 12 points in 46 games this season, but he has five points in the past nine games. Hamonic had five shots on goal in a 5-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, and didn't block any shots, but he has 80 blocks in 46 games this season and 17 in nine games (almost two per game). He generally leads the Islanders in ice time and is averaging 3.3 DraftKings points per contest in his past nine games. Facing the Edmonton Oilers, who allow the fourth-most goals in the League (and allowed five to the Canadiens on Saturday), expect Hamonic to crack the scoresheet.

Cam Ward, G, Carolina Hurricanes

DraftKings price: $6,900

With only two games, that leaves four goalies to choose from, and Ward could be your best bet for the price. He made 33 saves and got 6.6 DraftKings points Friday in a 5-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets. It was Ward's first game back following a three-week absence because of a concussion, but he was the first star of the game. Ward is 6-2-2 in his past 10 games with a 1.97 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage and has averaged 4.9 DraftKings points per contest this season. He's also facing a Canadiens team which has six wins in their past 27 games (6-20-1), so he could be in line for another big game.


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